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Route 28

‘It Sounded Like  5 Freight Trains’

‘It Sounded Like 

5 Freight Trains’

Neighbor Describes XNG Truck Crash

On Route 28 South Of Schuyler Lake

An XNG truck went off Route 28 between Route 16 south of Schuyler Lake and that hamlet. The road was closed for 12 hours. (Image courtesy WKTV)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

SCHUYLER LAKE – Responding to the fourth XNG truck mishap since transports began in February, firefighters and emergency personnel blocked off several roads leading to a crash site near Schuyler Lake until 3 a.m. today, keeping some people from their homes for hours.

“We were up at the florists, and when we came back down, they had the road blocked off,” said Exeter resident Christine Allen, who lives less than half a mile from the crash site. “We couldn’t get to our house, so we went to Stewart’s and got a banana split.”

Allen was finally able to get back to her home later in the evening when responders let her through to get to her house. According to Allen, she heard a loud noise when crews released the gas from the trailer.

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New Bat Company Rising On Hartwick Seminary Site

New Bat Company Rising

On Hartwick Seminary Site

The timber frame building rising in the past few days on Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, will house a bat company being launched by Matt Kent’s Leatherstocking Timber & Stone in Oneonta. Jim Bridger Construction (he is in the backhoe) and his crew – at left, Lonnie Schneider, Brett Sisson and Jake Jorgensen – have been preparing the site for the past couple of weeks, and began construction in earnest this week. The new building is located between Redneck Barbecue and The Shack. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Car Crashes Through Jones Family Home

Car Crashes Into

Jones Family Home

A car crashed through the Jones’ family home in Milford early this morning. (Photo Contributed by Tammy Jones)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Russ Jones shows the damage to the outside of his parents’ house on Route 28 in Milford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – Tammy and Barry Jones were awoken at 1 this morning by a loud crash in the kitchen of their home on Route 28 in Milford.

“It was a rude awakening,” said Tammy. “There was a car right in front of our dishwasher.”

According to Tammy, the driver of the car first tried to back out, then asked them to help him leave. “Then he asked if he could use our bathroom,” she said. “And I called 911.”

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One-Injury Crash Clogs Route 28 At Rush Hour

One-Injury Crash Clogs

Route 28 At Rush Hour

Route 28 between Cooperstown and Fly Creek has been closed for the past 20 minutes after a northbound AllStar Taxi van ran into the back of a northbound tan Ford SUV that was turning left into the Haggerty Road subdivision.   The accident happened about 4:20 p.m., as Bassett Hospital employees were heading home for the day.   The Ford driver had pulled the vehicle into Haggerty Road but the taxi van, its front grill smashed, remained in the middle of Route 28.  One person, apparently the driver of the taxi van, was transported to Bassett by Fly Creek EMS.  Coopertown Medical Transport and Cooperstown EMS also had ambulances at the scene.  Village police, state police and deputy sheriffs were at the scene.   Cooperstown fire police were diverting traffic at Glen Avenue down Maple Street toward alternate routes.   Top photo is of van, looking back toward Cooperstown; photo at right is Ford parked along Haggerty Road.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Possible Head-On Accident Blocks Milford Main Street

Possible Head-On Accident

Blocks Milford Main Street

What appeared to passing drivers to be a possible head-on collision in the Village of Milford, south of the light, has drawn emergency vehicles from around northern Otsego County to the scene at this hour. No additional details were immediately available. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
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What’s Going On In Cooperstown Glen?

What’s Going On In

Cooperstown Glen?

A grand mini-canyon has opened up on Glen Avenue/Route 28, just north of Cooperstown, as DOT crews and contractors strive to replace two culverts on one of the busiest stretches of road in the county.  Reporter Libby Cudmore toured and scene today, and will report on what's going on and why it's so extensive in this week's edition of The Freeman's Journal, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A grand mini-canyon has opened up on Glen Avenue/Route 28, just north of Cooperstown, as DOT crews and contractors strive to replace two culverts on one of the busiest stretches of road in the county. Reporter Libby Cudmore toured and scene today, and will report on what’s going on and why it’s so extensive in this week’s edition of The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Traffic Signals Put On Route 28 For Road Work After Labor Day

Traffic Signals Put On Route 28

For Road Work After Labor Day

A DOT drew is auguring holes on each side of Route 28, south of Cooperstown, to install temporary traffic signals.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A DOT drew is auguring holes on each side of Route 28, south of Cooperstown, to install temporary traffic signals. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Contractors for the state Department of Transportation today began installing temporary traffic signals on outer Glen Avenue (Route 28), in preparation for culvert work that will begin after Labor Day.

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Truck Off Route 28; Traffic In One Lane

Truck Off Route 28;

Traffic In One Lane

A Seward Sand & Gravel truck is on its side at thsi hour off the southbound lane of Route 28, across from Pop's Place.  Traffic south of Dreams Park is down to one lane at a time.  It appeared the truck slipped into a deep ditch on that side of the highway.  State police are at the scene, along with Hartwick Seminary fire police directing traffic.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A Seward Sand & Gravel truck is on its side at this hour off the southbound lane of Route 28, across from Pop’s Place, Town of Hartwick. Traffic south of Dreams Park is down to one lane at this time. It appeared the truck slipped into a deep ditch on that side of the highway. State police are at the scene, along with Hartwick Seminary fire police directing traffic. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Route 28 Bridge Rehab in 2017 May Close Road, Cause Detour
PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY IN MILFORD

Route 28 Bridge Rehab in 2017

May Close Road, Cause Detour

dotMILFORD – The state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold a public meeting Tuesday on plans to rehabilitate a Route 28 bridge just north of the Robert V. Riddell State Park and I-88.

Under consideration are plans to close the bridge completely during the 2017 construction, causing a six-minute detour via I-88, Exit 16 and Routes 7 and 992G.  Or temporary signals would allow single lane traffic to go back and forth.

The public information meeting will be Milford Central School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 7.

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